WonderBus 2022: Three Nights, Three Mega Headliners 

August 26, 27 & 28 – The Lawn at CAS

Friday Night Performances Added
To Benefit Innovation In Mental Health Treatment and Research

Tickets On Sale This Sat., Feb. 26 at 10AM ET

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If tickets remain, prices will increase between now and the festival (see chart below)

COLUMBUS, OH (February 23, 2022) – The WonderBus Music & Arts Festival returns to The Lawn at CAS in Columbus, Ohio, this summer with THREE DAYS OF MUSIC! WonderBus is the sister festival to WonderStruck in Cleveland and WonderRoad (Indianapolis).

WonderBus 2022 headliners include Duran Duran (Friday 8/26), Lorde (Saturday 8/27) and The Lumineers (Sunday 8/28).The last time each artist appeared in Columbus they performed at the Shottenstein Center.

Duran Duran, recently nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, last played Columbus in 2008. This will be the band’s first Ohio appearance in 10 years and their only 2022 appearance in a five-state region (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia). Lorde’s last performance in Columbus was four years ago and WonderBus will mark her only Ohio appearance in 2022. The Lumineers, heading out this summer on their most ambitious tour yet, last appeared in Columbus just prior to the pandemic.

Additional performances over the three-day event will include Young The Giant, James Bay, Coin, Max, Cautious Clay, Beach Bunny, Meg Myers, Daisy The Great, The Knocks, Cannons, Neal Francis and more. Ohio will be well represented by 90’s Kids, Cousin Simple, .wavrunner and Detention.

WonderBus 2022 Playlist Click Here

TICKET INFO – Please Read Carefully

Tickets will go ON SALE this Saturday, February 26 at 10AM ET. We are expecting this year’s festival to sell out. We encourage everyone that would like to attend to purchase tickets early.

The best pricing will be in effect on February 26 ONLY. 

Ticket prices will increase February 27, March 5, July 18 and August 22 (IF the festival has not sold out by those dates).

Specially priced kids’ tickets will be available for children ages 3-10. Children 2 years of age and under will be admitted for free. VIP passes will be sold as a weekend ticket only, with the exception of the Friday night benefit activities. 

Onsite parking for many festival attendees is available for advance purchase for $35 per day. Onsite parking is limited, so we encourage getting your parking pass early. Fans are encouraged to use Uber and Lyft. There will be a dedicated Rideshare pick-up and drop-off area at the festival site.

Tickets will be available via WonderBusfest.com and SeeTickets.us

For the first time WonderBus is adding a third night of music, Friday, August 26, starting at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 11:00 p.m. The Friday night activities, made possible in part through the generous support of the venue host, CAS, will include a special spotlight on innovation in mental health treatment and research. A share of the proceeds will benefit The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health and Nationwide Children’s Hospital and On Our Sleeves®, The Movement for Children’s Mental Health.

“CAS is proud to welcome back WonderBus this summer to The Lawn at CAS. We are also excited to support a Friday evening experience with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Duran Duran and more,” commented Dr. Michael Dennis, vice president of CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society. “WonderBus is not only an amazing music festival, it is a platform to talk about mental health and provide all of us with hope and resilience.” 

WonderBus is owned, produced and presented by Elevation Festivals. Also serving as a partner in the festival is Columbus business leader Rick Milenthal and his marketing agency – The Shipyard. Each year, The Shipyard creates the festival poster (see above) and all creative graphics and elements supporting festival marketing and promotions.

“During one of the most challenging times in all of our lives, 2021 proved to be a very successful year for WonderBus,” stated Denny Young, president of Elevation Festivals. “In recognition of the tremendous energy surrounding the festival, we committed ourselves to building on this momentum and are now extremely proud to present The Lumineers, Lorde and Duran Duran in what will be a very big and epic weekend for all of Ohio.”

“Every year WonderBus gets better and better,” added Rick Milenthal. “And now, with the support of CAS, we have a special added Friday night. This is great for the city, for music and for this very important cause.”

“Now more than ever, as we prepare to live through the third year of this global pandemic, we must continue to build resilience in our communities. People are hurting. We’re thankful that the WonderBus festival, with its wonderful lineup of world-class musicians, continues to support our efforts to help people struggling with addiction, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts,” said Dr. K. Luan Phan, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

“On Our Sleeves and Nationwide Children’s Hospital could not be more excited to join the WonderBus family and bring our voice to this amazing collaboration. There’s never been a more important time to engage around mental health, so that we can enhance the conversation and together break stigmas,” said Marti Blesdoe Post Executive Director for On Our Sleeves.

The Elevation Group: Created in 2002 by former IMG senior executives Denny Young and Steve Lindecke, the Elevation Group is comprised of seven different companies operating in the United States, Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom and Ireland. Elevation is a recognized leader in music & sports event production, talent management, content development, experiential marketing tours and sponsorship activation. Elevation is based in Cleveland, OH.

Elevation Festivals: A partnership between the Elevation Group and investors Cliff Chenfeld (co-founder and former owner of leading indie record label Razor & Tie Music and Kidz Bop) and businesswoman/ philanthropist Michelle WesleyThe company owns Ohio’s two largest contemporary music festivals – WonderStruck in Cleveland and the WonderBus Music & Arts Festival(Columbus). Additionally, Elevation owns WonderRoad in Indianapolis. In a few short years, the company’s music events have been recognized by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper, as “the Midwest’s (USA) top music festivals.” Each festival features a wide variety of upscale culinary options, includes robust artisan villages and showcases, the very best Alternative, Indie-Pop, Funk and Jam bands. Featured artists have included chart-toppers Kesha, AJR, Foster The People, Lewis Capaldi, Portugal. The Man, Bastille, Vampire Weekend, Milky Chance, Chvrches, Walk the Moon, Hozier, Wilco and more. Grammy Award-honorees Sheryl Crow, Black Pumas, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr., Stephen Marley and Trombone Shorty have also performed at Elevation’s festivals.

CAS: Located adjacent to The Ohio State University –  CAS provides WonderBus fans the ideal open-air, outdoor and spacious setting for a music festival with 54-acres of picturesque, rolling, wooded property along the banks of the Olentangy River. CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is a leader in scientific information solutions, partnering with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting, and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge.  Connect with CAS at cas.org.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: One of the nation’s leading academic health centers, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers health care services in virtually every specialty and subspecialty in medicine. Thousands of patients come to us each month for treatments and services they can’t find anywhere else. Providing access to health care information is central to our research, education and patient care mission. At Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, we’re dedicated to improving health in Ohio and across the world through innovation in research, education and patient care.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is comprised of physicians, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors who provide a full range of services, including mental and behavioral health care; addiction medicine; advanced depression treatments; partial hospitalization and inpatient care; suicide and trauma reduction for veterans and neuropsychology. Led by Dr. K. Luan Phan, the department has four areas of focus: recovery and resilience; health and integration; cognition and emotion; and child and family, with primary treatment locations at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Harding Hospital and Talbot Hall.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – On Our Sleeves®: Children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves. With 1 in 5 children living with a significant mental health concern and half of all lifetime mental health concerns starting by age 14, we need to give them a voice. On Our Sleeves®, powered by behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, aims to provide every community in America with free resources necessary for breaking child mental health stigmas and educating families and advocates, because no child or family should struggle alone.


It is our hope that COVID-19 will be under control by the time we stage WonderBus and, at this time, we have no plans for any special entry requirements. However, we reserve the right to make a final determination on any health protocols closer to the festival weekend. 

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If tickets remain, prices will increase between now and the festival (see chart above)

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An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By buying a ticket and visiting WonderBus in Columbus at CAS you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


2540 Olentangy River Road

Columbus, OH 43202


February 23, 2022 11:47 am

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